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Couch's Kingbird


Posted by Gene Gwin on Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:22 pm

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Photo taken at Laguna Seca Ranch in South Texas March 7, 2019.

Nikon D7500, Nikon 300mm f/2.8, 1/400 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800.

Couch's Kingbirds are pretty rare to South Texas, especially during the Winter timeframe.  In the U.S., Couch's Kingbirds can only be seen in South Texas.  They're difficult to get in the open, tending to stay in the trees.  The Tropical Kingbird is almost identical to the Couch's.  If there are any Kingbird experts out there, please check that my ID is accurate. 

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by Gary Gulash on Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:30 pm
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Can't verify the species Gene but I can verify this is a wonderful photo. Every detail and nuance of color is well presented, super nice! Congratulations on the rare bird photo, always adds to the excitement of avian photography.
 

by Karl Egressy on Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:37 pm
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Excellent image, nice clean perch and background.
 

by Karl Egressy on Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:37 pm
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Excellent image, nice clean perch and background.
 

by Ron Day on Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:52 pm
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Gene, I love the simplicity of this image. The gorgeous background showcases the Kingbird beautifully.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:15 pm
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Don't know the species, but it's a gorgeous photo. You might try looking it up here:
https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=coukin&q=Couch%27s%20Kingbird%20-%20Tyrannus%20couchii
Your bird certainly looks very similar.
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by Dan Kearl on Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:25 pm
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Love the perch and BG...
Can't help on the ID.
 

by Mako_Elite on Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:45 am
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Nicely frame shot Gene! Super nice BG.

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by Axel Hildebrandt on Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:13 pm
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Great details and BG colors.
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by Brian E. Small on Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:39 pm
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Lovely image Gene. I'm pretty confident you've gotten the ID correct. Tropical Kingbird has a noticeably longer, narrower bill. The bill on your bird looks sort of "stumpy" as I'd expect on Couch's. Also, Couch's show even spacing on the tips of the primaries. The primaries on your bird are a bit worn but look pretty evenly spaced to my eye. On Tropical the uneven spacing on the tips is pretty obvious.
 

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